Home Streaming Netflix ‘Orange is the New Black’ outdoes itself with a spectacular second season

‘Orange is the New Black’ outdoes itself with a spectacular second season

orange-is-the-new-black-mock-job-fairThe second season of Orange is the New Black more than lives up to the dramatic achievement that is season one. The show’s strength lies with its wide ensemble of supporting characters that are quirky yet fully realized. In season one, protagonist Piper Chapman serves as a ‘straight man’ and we acclimate to prison life alongside her. Piper’s sense of normal helps keep the show grounded in a prison that is anything but.

This makes the creative choice to whisk Piper away from Litchfield in the first episode of the new season especially bold. The only familiar prisoners are Piper and her lover Alex Vause, a move that powerfully heightens the level of empathy we feel for Piper. All she wants (as well as the viewer) is to be back in her own familiar prison surroundings.

The best parts of the rest of the season have little to do with Piper. The old characters retain their remarkable depth, but a few new characters really steal the show. If the show has a theme it may be something along the lines of “People aren’t good or evil, they’re complicated and prisoners are no exception.” That being said, the conniving Vee is about as close as it gets.

Brooke, a modern-day hippie with well-flexed vocal cords provides great comic relief, but the real show-stealer is Rosa. An ex-bank robber with a curse, Rosa’s arc struggling with cancer is warmly heartbreaking and satisfying. Walter White ought to take notes.

The second season was released all at once to Netflix on June 12. The company began bankrolling original content like OITNB and House of Cards to help remain a competitive alternative to traditional television. With shows as high quality as this it’s only a matter of time before cable TV potentially becomes the alternative to Netflix.

August Freirichhttps://hd-report.com
August Freirich is a contributing author to HD Report. You can also find him on Google+

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Sponsors


4k TV Deals

Hot Blu-rays!

1-Month Free!

New Articles

Movies Anywhere Offering Free Bonus Movie With Purchase

Movies Anywhere is offering a free bonus digital movie with the purchase of one eligible movie from a selection of thousands. Soon after purchasing...

Price Drop: The Lord of the Rings 4k Blu-ray Motion Picture Trilogy

The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy on 4k Blu-ray has held its retail price of $89.99 since releasing last December, but...

4k Blu-rays Releasing This Month, April 2021

This month there are several 4k Blu-ray releases from classic and niche movie genres we thought you should know about. Be sure to check...

Ken Burns’ TV Series ‘Baseball’ Remastered in HD for Blu-ray

Baseball: A Film By Ken Burns (1994) has been fully restored and remastered in HD (1080p) for release on Blu-ray Disc. The original TV series was...

New Pre-Orders!

Support Us!